Friedrich Wilhelm (Willi) Dralle
Wilhelm Dralle was born October 20th, 1876 in Bremen,
Germany. He died September 15th, 1949 in New York City, New
York. He was the son of Johann Friedrich Dralle and Rebecka Friederike
(Riethmueller) Dralle. He met Emilie (Amalie) Braun and they married on
October 22nd, 1899 in New York City.
Friedrich Wilhelm's nickname was Willi as evident they way he signed his wife's diary.
There were seven children known born of this marriage. Edmund Jacob (baptized Edmund William), Betty Henrietta, Emilie Meriam, William Frederick, Eberhard, Paula Ruth, and Arthur Francis.
The New York Census on the 5th and 6th day of June 1900, Borough of Manhattan show that the couple lived on 85th Street, address 129. It showed William Dralleís birth of Oct 1876, was currently 23 years of age, and immigrated from Germany in 1892, his occupation was a grocer and that Emilie Dralle was born Dec 1875, was currently 24 years of age, and immigrated from Germany in 1894.Family History At ELLIS ISLAND that shows the ship "Dresden" arriving in New York from Bremen, Germany on 31.5.1892 with Willi on board.
It is known that Willi owned and or operated a grocer store in Soho (south of Houston Street, NYC). It is understood that he was friends with the Gristede family and was asked to merge with the Gristede Bros. grocer business. Gristede stores are still prosperous today.
Willi also helped his brother Fred build a diner in Rockville Center; Fred's wife ?Elaine raised Spitzes (dogs).
It was told to me Arthur Jr by his aunt Paula that Willi was employed as a Contractor and millwright (installed machinery). "Millwrights install conveyor systems, escalators, giant electrical turbines and generators. Millwrights install and do maintenance on machinery in factories, and do much of the precision work in nuclear power plants. Millwrights are skilled construction mechanics who study and interpret blueprints, and then put their knowledge and expertise to work drilling, welding, bolting and doing whatever else is necessary to assure that the cogs of industry are in perfect working order. Millwrights sometime work to specifications requiring tolerances to a thousandth of an inch. In the old days, before heavy metal machinery, millwrights carved out Sears and shafts from wood for mills and small industrial plants." From this description, I can believe a story my father told me that his father had worked to some degree on the building of the Empire State Building.
Willi owned a gold Elgin watch that was handed down to his son Arthur, and then to Arthur Jr. During Christmas of 1999, Arthur Jr. passed the watch to his cousin Joan Burdett to disperse to family as she saw fit. It is now in the hands of cousin Bill and his family. Bill has many grandchildren so the watch is in a great home.
My Tanta Paula had made a list of residents that the family lived. Residents: grocery store in Soho; 82 Wadsworth Terrace, Manhattan; Bronxville, New York; Sunnyside, Queens @ after 1930; 165 St. Ogden Ave., Bronx; 225 w. 99th, Manhattan (St. Michael's church); Eastport, MD, @ 1907; Baltimore @1910 & @ 1914; 201 E. 126th St., Manhattan; Elmhurst, Queens, @1925; 4184 Park Ave., Bronx, @ 1927; 1814 Weeks Ave., Bronx.
Both Friedrich Wilhelm (William Frederick) Dralle and Emilie (Braun) Dralle were cremated and buried atFerncliff Cemetery, Secor Road, Hartsdale, Westchester County, NY 10530, (914) 562-9321. Williamís cause of death was Heart Attack. Emilieís cause of death was Heart Trouble.
"Dresden" (3 separate accounts of the
The Passenger Records of the ship Dresden, show that Mr. Dralle arrived from Bremen to New York on May 31, 1892 at 15 years of age (page 59). It shows that he was between the deck and steerage. This information was found atFamily History At ELLIS ISLAND